Legislative response to the governor’s budget proposal

first_imgThe Chairs of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees, Senator Susan Bartlett and Representative Martha Heath made the following statement today in response to the Governor s budget proposal: We are pleased that the Administration finally put its proposal on the table but it is disappointing to see primarily recycled ideas.After a cursory review of the proposal we have several significant concerns.  First, the proposal would result in a monumental property tax increase.  We are seriously concerned that their proposal to shift the teacher s retirement to the Education Fund would result in shifting the entire teacher s retirement liability, roughly $100 million, onto the property taxpayers.  We do not believe that Vermonters can afford a property tax increase of this proportion.We believe in these difficult economic times, middle and lower income Vermonters need relief, which is why we proposed a tax cut for those making under $250,000.  While Governor Douglas claims to be cutting taxes for middle income Vermonters, he is in fact not reducing taxes for any household making under $75,000. What s more, by reducing income sensitivity from $90,000 to $75,000, Governor Douglas is burdening an average $1,100 property tax increase on 13,000 middle income families. In fact, the actual impact on individual Vermont families could be as high as $8,000.   It is disappointing that while Governor Douglas wants to cut taxes for the wealthiest Vermonters, he remains unwilling to join us in giving hard working, middle and lower income Vermonters the relief they need.Overall, the Governor s proposal amounts to little more than shifting responsibility to someone else.  The Governor s budget proposal shifts costs to working Vermonters, property taxpayers, health care providers, Vermonters with private health insurance, municipal governments and the state colleges.  It appears that since the Governor can t solve the budget crisis himself, he is forcing Vermonters to do it for him.last_img read more

Pilot project for personal care attendants funded

first_imgPilot project for personal care attendants funded The plight of wheelchair-reliant Aaron Bates put the need in the spotlight Pilot project for personal care attendants funded June 1, 2006 Regular News Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Aaron Bates, the young lawyer with muscular dystrophy who needs a personal care attendant to work, wheeled his way through the halls of the Capitol lobbying for change.At his side was lawyer Steve Uhlfelder, who volunteered as a pro bono lobbyist after reading about Bates’ disability Catch- 22 in The Florida Bar News. Together, they received help from Rep. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, who put $200,000 for a pilot project for a personal care attendant program in Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties.Sen. Burt Saunders, R-Naples, helped double that amount to $400,000 during budget conference meetings during the last two weeks of the legislative session.“This was amazing, considering our late start,” Uhlfelder said.Bates’ dilemma was featured in the January 15 Bar News, as well as the Orlando Sentinel. The personal care attendant he needs — to help him dress, bathe, and get in and out of his motorized wheelchair — was provided by the state Division of Rehabilitation throughout his education but stopped once he landed a job as an assistant state attorney in the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Therefore, he could not accept the $40,000-a-year job, because an attendant costs about $35,000 a year, so he had to return to Alabama to live with his parents. The irony was that Bates could receive disability benefits if he chose to stay home and not work, but that was not an option for this ambitious, bright, 25-year-old Florida State University College of Law graduate.After the publicity of Bates’ plight, he was hired in Orlando at Mirabilis Venture, Inc., a mergers and acquisitions corporation, where they sweetened the job offer by including a personal care attendant in Bates’ compensation.“His problem is solved. He’s got a job,” Uhlfelder said. “But he’s a symbol of what’s wrong with the system. Most people, once they solve their problem, move on. But he wants to solve it for other people, including his sister.”Bates’ sister, Christine Bates, has the same medical condition and is currently a student at the University of Mobile.Bates said he loves his new job and it’s going well, but he is not giving up on fighting for a change in disability law.The expanded pilot project, Bates said, is “a good start, but by no means fixes the problem. I think the ultimate solution is a Medicaid waiver program.”Since the news articles, Bates said a lot of people thanked him for fighting the issue.“If this obstacle wasn’t there, you wouldn’t know how many disabled individuals would be able to go get a job,” Bates said. “A lot may just not have the resolve to go out there and fight the fight to get employed. There are so many obstacles to really sustain gainful employment. I won’t be giving up. It will be a state fix first, then I will look for a federal fix, because this is a nationwide problem.”In Florida, before the new pilot project allocation, the Personal Care Attendant Program of July 2005 had limited funding that only supported individuals with spinal cord injury. Bates was ineligible because his disability is from cell disease, not injury.The new language calls for the Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living to develop a pilot program to provide personal care attendants to persons who reside in the pilot program area, are at least 18 and significantly physically or mentally disabled, require a personal care attendant to maintain substantial gainful employment, and “presently be employed or have an offer of employment, but because of the loss of a caregiver, will lose employment or the offer thereof.”The association and the Department of Health will jointly develop a memoranda of understanding with the Department of Revenue, the Florida Medicaid program in the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Department of Children and Families, the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation of the Department of Education.last_img read more

Football season is here! 3 ways to save

first_img 51SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details A full slate of college football games kicks off tomorrow and you know what that means: smoked meats and cold beer. While that sounds awesome, it can also be expensive. If you’re planning on having big weekends for the next 3 months, you’ll need to make sure you’re budgeting for all the money you’re going to spend. Here are 3 ways you can save this football season.Raise some cash: If you’re going to spend a lot of money this football season, try figuring out a way to raise some extra dough to fund your fun. Having a yard sale could be a great way to raise some cash. Have a bike or some free weights you don’t use much anymore? Throw it up on Ebay or Craigslist and turn it into some ribs and chicken quarters.Do it right or don’t do it: We all love the big games, especially when our team is involved. When those weekends roll around, do it big! If you’re throwing a party, grill it up and stock up on beer. Having a big event is always fun. If you plan on attending the game, plan out an exciting tailgate and do it right. When your team is involved in a lopsided matchup, keep it low-key and just hang out with the fam.Split your tickets up: Feel the need to be at the stadium a lot this season? Try splitting those season tickets with a friend. You can go to games together or divide the games and take other friends and family. This way, you’ll each get to see 3 or 4 games for a decent price. You can even sell your tickets for one of the bigger games (for slightly above face value), avoid getting stuck in the crazy traffic, and maybe even fund the rest of the season.last_img read more

Cesc Fabregas explains why Arsenal need FA Cup triumph more than Chelsea

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 30 Jul 2020 11:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link471Shares Fabregas had his say on the FA Cup final (Picture: Icon Sport via Getty Images)Cesc Fabregas will be a keen observer of the FA Cup final when two of his former clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea, go head to head. Fabregas developed into one of the world’s best midfielders during his formative years at Arsenal before returning to London to win the Premier League for the first time with Chelsea. The former Barcelona man won the FA Cup with both clubs but he suspects it will be Chelsea who get their hands on the trophy this weekend. However, while the Spanish World Cup winner views Frank Lampard’s team as the favourites, he insists Mikel Arteta’s men need the win more. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Arsenal need it more,’ Fabregas told the Daily Telegraph. ‘Chelsea basically every year has won a trophy, so it’s a different animal in this case. Advertisement Comment Cesc Fabregas explains why Arsenal need FA Cup triumph more than Chelsea Advertisement Fabregas will be (Picture: Getty)‘In terms of trophies, Arsenal needs it more and for confidence for next year and getting into Europe. ‘Chelsea are in the Champions League and Arsenal has nothing at the moment.’Both Lampard and Arteta are in their first seasons in charge at the Premier League giants. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalLampard guided the Blues to a top-four finish, while Arteta – who replaced Unai Emery as permanent Arsenal manager in December – could only secure an eighth-place finish for the Gunners. Should Arsenal fail to win on Saturday, they will not be involved in Europe next season.Who will win the FA Cup?Arsenal0%Chelsea0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

O’Mahony hails Ireland’s fight

first_imgIreland’s raw desire shocked Wales into RBS 6 Nations submission, according to man-of-the-match Peter O’Mahony. O’Mahony praised forwards coach John Plumtree for his new raft of ideas and methods that had elevated Ireland’s driving game to new heights in their two-straight Six Nations wins so far this term. But he also laid credit at the door of line-out gurus like captain Paul O’Connell and hooker Rory Best, for their endless hours of analysis and meticulous tinkering. “John has put a big emphasis on our maul and our line-out, he wants us to be a great mauling and line-out team,” said O’Mahony. “You’ve guys there like Paul O’Connell, Devin Toner, Rory Best, Sean Cronin and Dan Tuohy – these guys spent an awesome amount of time on laptops and a savage amount of work. “Credit has to go to all of them. “John has put in great structures put the players are really driving that on.” Ireland will now chase the Triple Crown when they face England at Twickenham on February 22. O’Mahony said captain O’Connell sought a “statement” performance from Ireland against Wales that his side duly delivered. Despite Ireland’s flawless start to the tournament, O’Mahony believes it is too soon to be talking titles. “You all know the way Paul gets stuck in and he’ll lead from the front always, he was looking to put a statement in and it was a good one,” said O’Mahony. “It was a good way to start for us, it was a great team performance but we won’t be getting carried away. “We’ll give plaudits for the boys but we have a lot of work to do especially going to Twickenham for a seriously physical game. “We have a lot of work to do over the next two weeks. “It’s always a huge game against England. “It is always savagely physical, a game you love playing in an Irish jersey.” Ireland will reconvene in a training camp later this week ahead of the first fallow weekend of the Six Nations sequence. With two weeks to prepare to face England, head coach Joe Schmidt has plenty of time to switch the gameplan again. Schmidt’s bullish tight-game blueprint for Saturday caught Wales off guard. The Ireland boss claimed that was entirely based around expecting horrid weather that never quite materialised. Schmidt is canny enough to play down his influential interventions at every turn, and O’Mahony said it is too early to know just how Ireland will approach their Twickenham showdown. “The weather justified a lot of what we did [against Wales],” O’Mahony added. “We knew the maul was going to be important in a tight game. “We could see that coming earlier in the week with the forecast so that played a big factor. “We haven’t looked at England yet so it will be interesting to see how we approach that.” Head coach Warren Gatland was forced to concede Wales had few answers, and had struggled for emotional intensity. O’Mahony hailed Ireland’s “savage” training-ground work to hone their technically-sound driving maul, but pinpointed that mental edge as vital to victory. “A lot of that has to go down to the fight and the want that we showed,” said O’Mahony. “At the end of the day we wanted it more than they did, that was evident by the end of it. “I don’t think the scoreline flattered us, but we fought for everything. “That is where we need to be at, we need to be fighting for every 50:50 ball, everything that goes on the ground. “They are the ones that make the difference.” Ulstermen Chris Henry and Paddy Jackson both claimed first international tries as Ireland plundered match-winning dividend from their driving maul. Relentless flanker O’Mahony overwhelmed much-vaunted Sam Warburton at the pivotal battle of the breakdown in Ireland’s 26-3 demolition of Wales on Saturday. The 24-year-old Munster captain spearheaded Ireland’s controlled aggression and fire, completely catching Wales unawares. Press Associationlast_img read more

French football wrestles with coronavirus riddle

first_imgFrench football has no idea when its players will be allowed to return to workParis, France | AFP |  The coronavirus pandemic is creating a puzzle for French football and, for the moment, those in charge have no idea what the answer might be.The idea of simply declaring the season over is gaining ground in some quarters but others remain strongly opposed to the suggestion.The top-flight and second division have already been suspended for three weeks, with 10 rounds each to play, and many of the leading voices are no longer insisting it should finish “whatever the cost.”“There are more uncertainties today,” Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, an early advocate of ending the league and basing European qualification on last season’s final placings which would put his seventh-placed team in the Champions League, told L’Equipe on Sunday.He added the chances of “finishing all the matches (are) lower”.His counterpart at Brest, Denis Le Sant told the same paper “the season could not start again”.Amiens president Bernard Joannin, whose side are 19th in the table, agrees.“Denis Le Saint has a very humane position that places the health of all above everything else. It’s a view that’s shared by a lot of people in the world of football,” Joannin told AFP.“You have to understand that the only commander is COVID-19. Unfortunately, it sets the agenda.”Others were outraged.“We hope that the league will finish if it’s possible. It really bothers me to see in some people a kind of shame that football wants to come back to life at some point,” Pierre Wantiez, general manager of Ligue 2 Le Havre, told AFP.“It’s shameful for me to see some people feel ashamed that football wants to come back to life at some point.“I’m not going to hide behind a veil of secrecy and say, ‘It’s over, we can’t do anything.’ Let’s wait before saying the season is dead.”– ‘It’s urgent to wait’ –The situation is confusing leader’s across the game. The lockdown in France has been extended at least until 15 April.Most clubs have put staff, including players, on part-time contracts and some of the league’s foreign stars, including Brazil’s Neymar, have gone home.Broadcasters Canal+ and beIN Sports have suspended the payment of TV rights, the clubs’ main source of revenue.In this context, the French league is increasing the frequency of its conference calls but delaying its decisions.“Today, who can say what’s going to happen? We’re preparing for everything. For the time being, I think it’s urgent to wait,” Olivier Delcourt, president of Ligue 1 Dijon who are three points above the relegaton play-off spot, told AFP.Amiens’ Joannin said he would like the league to follow the government’s lead.“There’s no point in talking and saying nothing,” said Joannin.“Let’s take the time… We need to give ourselves a fortnight to see how things are going.”The issue of TV rights, will be addressed this week by a quartet of presidents, led by Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is also head of beIN Media and several sources confirmed negotiations with Canal+ are planned.The timetable depends on the decision of the French government on when to end the lockdown and to a lesser degree, those of the governing bodies of world and European football, FIFA and UEFA.FIFA has to change the way the summer transfer market works, because players whose contracts end this season will become free agents in June. UEFA has shown itself open to postponing its Champions League until the end of July or August to allow the domestic leagues to end but has also threatened to bar clubs from leagues that do not finish.Some officials argue a “deadline” for the resumption of the league must be set quickly.“A resumption of the season until doomsday should not push the problem onto the next championship,” Wantiez warned. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Broward Public Defender Reports Alarming Virus Issues in County Jail

first_imgBroward County Jail inmates who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are reporting alarming conditions, according to the county Public Defender’s Office.The issues were raised in a letter dated Friday to Sheriff Greg Tony from Public Defender Howard Finkelstein and his chief assistant, Gordon Weekes.“We are in receipt of very disturbing information regarding the treatment of persons in the Broward County Jail who have been diagnosed with COVID-19,” Finkelstein and Weekes write.Given that there is “uncontroverted medical opinion that jails are incubators for COVID-19 because of the inability to socially isolate and provide adequate opportunity for handwashing,” the pair are asking that Tony arrange for testing for every jail employee and inmate.“Without testing, COVID-19 will quickly spread throughout the jail and your staff will become more fearful and less able to do their jobs,” the public defenders wrote.They also asked that inmates who are diagnosed with the virus or are exhibiting symptoms be closely monitored by medical personnel “at least on an hourly basis.”Inmates who are being represented by the Public Defender’s Office have reported that they are not being checked. The letter adds that two inmates in a “COVID-19 unit” at the jail were “spitting up blood” and that “requests for water and care were ignored.”In order to receive medical attention, they wrote, one of the inmates blocked a cell window to prompt a guard to come to the unit. Meanwhile, others intentionally caused toilets to flood to attract attention.When deputies entered the unit, guards were “physically and verbally aggressive and threatening.” One inmate reported that a guard pointed a Taser toward the chest of another inmate who has heart trouble, and a second guard allegedly pointed a Taser at a different inmate’s head.Gerdy St. Louis, public information officer at the Sheriff’s Office, said via email that the agency follows guidelines from the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding inmate testing.Inmates who test positive for the novel coronavirus are medically isolated, treated and monitored according to those guidelines; in addition, inmates who show “signs of acute symptoms” are transferred to a hospital.As of Saturday morning, St. Louis said, 14 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Ten of them were in custody as of midday Sunday, two have been released, one is now negative, and one of them passed away in a hospital.The jail population has been reduced due to coronavirus concerns. As of Saturday, there were 2,860 inmates, down from 3,591 on March 1.Visitors and volunteers are currently banned from visiting jails, while staff and inmates are screened before entering the facilities. All new inmates are screened for coronavirus risk factors.St. Louis said her agency has not received the Finkelstein-Weekes letter. “It appears media received the letter before we did, as I am not aware of anyone who has received it. We have heard of similar allegations from the Public Defender’s Office that were looked into and found to be completely without merit. We will review the allegations outlined in the letter and provide the Public Defender’s Office with a response,” St. Louis wrote.The Finkelstein-Weekes letter was also copied to county commissioners, the chief judge and the county administrator.Finkelstein, who is serving his fourth term as the county’s elected public defender, is not running for re-election, and is instead supporting Weekes as his replacement.last_img read more

SPSCC Nursing Program a Candidate for National Accreditation

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College The SPSCC Nursing Program is taking steps toward national program accreditation through the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), a new national accrediting body for all types of nursing programs. Earning national accreditation is an important next step for the program: national accreditation will affirm the quality of the program as well as meet the requirements that Washington State has set for the national accreditation of all nursing programs in the state by 2020.Currently in the pre-accreditation process, the NLN CNEA is accepting third party comments through April 10. For information about making a comment, view the nursing program page.  A candidacy decision should be made by NLN CNEA before July 2017.Once initial candidacy is in place, the program will have up to three years to submit a self-study report and schedule an on-site program evaluation, which will determine permanent national accreditation of the program for up to six years.SPSCC’s nursing program is thriving as the first in Washington State to implement the new Associate of Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) degree. In 2016, the program saw its first 26 graduates from the new program model, half of whom transferred directly into year four at a university. Also in 2016, nursing students who took the NCLEX Registered Nurse exam earned an outstanding pass rate of 92%, well over the state average of 88.66% and national average of 84.56%.About the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education AccreditationThe National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) promotes excellence and integrity in nursing education globally through an accreditation process that respects the diversity of program mission, curricula, students, and faculty; emphasizes a culture of continuous quality improvement; and influences the preparation of a caring and competent nursing workforce.The NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation implements its vision and carries out its accreditation activities guided by the National League for Nursing’s core values – caring, diversity, integrity, and excellence – as applied to the accreditation process.  Read more.last_img read more

Lonely at the top: India extend lead at the top of the World Test…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Live HindustanAdvertisement 6p7h5fNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsm4o6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9twxzh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c5bWould you ever consider trying this?😱azmCan your students do this? 🌚7enns2Roller skating! Powered by Firework India kept their winning run in the World test Championship intact with a huge innings victory over Bangladesh in Indore. The Men In Blue are comfortably poised in the first place with 300 points to their name. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Live HindustanThe table-toppers defeated West Indies away from home by a margin of 2-0 and then proceeded to thump the Proteas for their second consecutive whitewash.India will conclude their series with Bangladesh after a historic Day-Night test in Kolkata before playing out their remaining fixtures against Australia and New Zealand away from home and then hosting England.Advertisement New Zealand are placed second in the table with 60 points. Although it is to be noted that India have played 5 tests already with some teams yet to play a single fixture. Check out the table below:World Test Championship (Points table)Advertisement India: 300 (Matches: 6 Won: 6 Lost: 0 Drawn: 0)New Zealand: 60 (Matches: 2 Won: 1 Lost: 1 Drawn: 0)Sri Lanka: 60 (Matches: 2 Won: 1 Lost: 1 Drawn: 0)Australia: 56 (Matches: 5 Won: 2 Lost: 2 Drawn: 1)England: 56 (Matches: 5 Won: 2 Lost: 2 Drawn: 1)West Indies: 0 (Matches: 2 Won: 0 Lost: 2 Drawn: 0)South Africa: 0 (Matches: 3 Won: 0 Lost: 3 Drawn: 0)Bangladesh: 0 (Matches: 1 Won: 0 Lost: 1 Drawn: 0)Pakistan: 0 (Matches: 0 Won: 0 Lost: 0 Drawn: 0)Read Also:MS Dhoni the golfer shows up the day after returning to the cricket netsInd vs Ban 1st Test Day 3 Review: India wrap up proceedings with record clenching innings victory  Advertisementlast_img read more

West Kootenay competitors win big at Nelson events during 2011 West Kootenay B.C. Seniors Games

first_imgThe Kootenay Robusters won the silver medal for Zone 6 West Kootenay/Boundary at the 2011 West Kootenay B.C. Seniors Games Dragon Boat Races Friday at Lakeside Park in Nelson.Dragon Boat racing was just one of the events staged in the Heritage City.FLC Fortified Women of Fraser Valley edged the Robusters for the top prize.Kootenay Rhythm Dragons, the other team from Zone 6 West Kootenay/Boundary entered, finished fourth.In other Nelson events, the team of Dale Morehouse and Walter Schleiss of Revelstoke won the mixed 55-plus duplicate bridge gold medal over Leif Pedersen and PoZay Wong of Burnaby.In the cribbage competition, the Zone 6 West Kootenay/Boundary team of Elmer and Monk and Elvina Jans of Castlegar took home the silver medal, losing out to the Cranbrook team of Gerald Joliffe and Olga MacDonald.In cycling, Mike Adams of Nelson won a gold medal in the men’s 55-59 division time trials.Murray Behl of Grand Forks took home the bronze medal. Chris Dejardins of Nelson was seventh, Frank Fodor of Castlegar eighth and Nipper Kettle of Greenwood ninth.Ed DeVries of Nelson won the gold in the men’s 70-74 time trial. Danny Babin of Nelson was fourth in the men’s 60-64 time trial while Bob McLean of Grand Forks was seventh.Gary Babin of Grand Forks won the bronze in men’s 65-69 time trial.Barry Benner of Trail was seventh.Rino DeBiasio of Trail won the bronze in the men’s 75-79 time trial. Ted Ibrahim of Nelson was fifth.John Tees of Winlaw won the gold medal in the men’s 85-89 time trial while Louise Poole of Nelson captured the gold medal in women’s 55-59 time trial.Karen Lees of Trail earned the silver behind Poole. Yvonne Tremblay of Nelson claimed the bronze in the women’s 75-79 time trial.In ice hockey at the NDCC Arena, the Kootenay Glazier Kings lost out to Schooners of Fraser Valley in the final of the men’s 55-plus.The team consists of former Western International Senior Hockey League players from Trail Smoke Eaters and Nelson Maple Leafs.In the men’s 60-plus, Salmon Arm Cavaliers won the gold medal over Gringo’s of Lower Mainland.The Cavaliers included former Nelson Maple Leaf defenceman Hugh [email protected]last_img read more